Sayidangwa Kunafonin

Sayidangwa Kunafonin

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equipment [PPE]) for treatment, instructions on proper removal and disposal of PPE, and
information on how to prevent further infection and transmission of the disease to yourself, other
family members, or the community.
Additional transmission has occurred in communities during funerals and burial rituals. Burial
ceremonies in which mourners have direct contact with the body of the deceased person have
played a role in the transmission of Ebola. Persons who have died of Ebola must be handled using
strong protective clothing and gloves and must be buried immediately. WHO advises that the
deceased be handled and buried by trained case management professionals, who are equipped to
properly bury the dead.
People are infectious as long as their blood and secretions contain the virus. For this reason, infected
patients receive close monitoring from medical professionals and receive laboratory tests to ensure
the virus is no longer circulating in their systems before they return home. When the medical
professionals determine it is okay for the patient to return home, they are no longer infectious and
cannot infect anyone else in their communities. Men who have recovered from the illness can still
spread the virus to their partner through their semen for up to 7 weeks after recovery. For this
reason, it is important for men to avoid sexual intercourse for at least 7 weeks after recovery or to
wear condoms if having sexual intercourse during 7 weeks after recovery.
Generally, a person must come into contact with an animal that has Ebola and it can then spread
within the community from human to human.
3. Who is most at risk?
During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are:
 health workers;
 family members or others in close contact with infected people; and
 mourners who have direct contact with the bodies of the deceased as part of burial ceremonies.

African Language Program at Harvard University